Why study with us
- Brighton’s established and respected architecture course has been validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for over 65 years.
- We encourage and guide you in finding your own passions and path through the course, choosing from diverse design studios. This allows you to focus on the issues that matter to you and develop your own attitudes as an architect and designer.
- Working in our lively shared studio spaces, as well as on site-specific projects with local organisations, there is a real sense of community and camaraderie, reflecting work in a professional practice.
- Our staff are here to inspire you – they are approachable and professional architects, researchers and creative thinkers, many of whom run their own award-winning practices
- Brighton’s focus on research-led learning and the practice of real-world skills will equip you become a confident and literate architect.
- We believe planning your future career is an integral part of your study and our links with RIBA South East offer opportunities for one-to-one mentoring with professional architects.
- You have the opportunity to undertake exchanges with architecture schools in the Czech Republic and Portugal.
Hear from 2017 graduate Alisha Gould discuss her experience of the Architecture BA(Hons)
At RIBA mock interviews practicing architects give students valuable feedback
Structure and study areas
Our approach of research-led learning emboldens you to develop your own creative and rigorous approach to design from the first week of the first year to the last week of your last term. The work you'll produce will show you're equipped with a wide range of skills and well on your way to becoming a technologically, professionally and culturally literate architect.
Your course will be based around four recurring elements: design, technologies, architectural humanities, and practices.
The course is based primarily in the studio and the workshop, with over 70% taught and assessed through design projects. Most teaching is through individual tutorials. You will also benefit from the expertise of a wide variety of practising architects, academics and researchers during frequent review sessions. Through making drawings and models you will explore your own architectural interests, creating and sharing new possibilities rather than replicating existing ones.
In year 1 you will be taught in a year-wide group in a shared studio space, exploring the foundations of design practice. In years 2 and 3 you can choose between a range of studio groups. Each is supported by two tutors and explores a theme in relation to their active design and research practice. Each studio group has a dedicated studio space in which you can work and where you can learn through conversations with other students.
At Brighton our technology units are closely linked with studio teaching. A new programme designed to bring decisions around environment and sustainability into the early stages of the design process has helped students make intelligent and articulate responses to technological issues raised within their design studios.
In years 1 and 2 you will be introduced to technological questions through hands-on projects, making large-scale physical installations of structural and building construction systems. You will also have the opportunity to learn on-site from the construction of our yearly exhibition pavilion, collaborating with other professionals from the building industry. In year 3 you will be supported to integrate this understanding of technology and professional practice with your design projects.
In Architectural Humanities you will explore the history, theory and culture of architecture, understanding its interdisciplinary nature and in the context of your design work.
We introduce you to a wide-ranging selection of architectural literature and the notion of architectural culture as a discursive and reflective field. You will write an individual book report and in groups, compile your own edited Brighton Book Review. Alongside this, a lecture series will familiarise you with the history of modern western and world architecture.
In your second year we ask you to think in theoretical terms about architectural design and the built environment, through thematic reading seminars that lead onto researching and writing a building study. This is again supported by a lecture series which introduces theoretical perspectives on architecture.
Dissertation preparation at the end of your second year leads on to the dissertation project in year three: an extended essay on a subject of particular interest to you, where you will build on and apply the knowledge, understanding, and research skills previously acquired.
Practices integrates issues surrounding professional architectural practice by using your own design project as a vehicle for negotiating a path through the various work stages of a design project from inception through to completion on site. You'll be expected to utilise the RIBA Plan of Work as a model for navigating this route completely.
You'll attend a series of lectures under the umbrella heading of how architects work exploring what it is to be a professional architect in the UK in the twenty-first century. Lectures are supplemented by seminars and workshops delivered by professionals from the construction industry, for example, the heads of Planning and Security and Building Control at Brighton & Hove City Council. You'll also receive additional lectures from construction consultants such as CDM coordinators and quantity surveyors, with one-to-one tutorials from other visiting qualified architects.
This will allow you to evaluate your own design project within a professional context by directly applying professional practice and legislation via the medium of short essays, Gantt charts, design and access statements, drawn overlays discussing building regulation issues, risk registers and finally a short essay reflecting on your own practice and position within the world of architectural practice. This is complemented by the institution's links to RIBA South East, through which we have set up the student mentoring system and mock interviews, enabling recent students to find an immediate first job.
You will develop an understanding of the complexities and variety that presents itself to an individual practicing architect, as well as a greater conception of your own practice as an architect and designer, preparing you for your future career in architectural practice.
Making sure that what you learn with us is relevant, up to date and what employers are looking for is our priority, so courses are reviewed and enhanced on an ongoing basis. When you have applied to us, you’ll be told about any new developments through our applicant portal.
In year 1 you will complete modules totalling 120 credits.
- Experiencing Architecture
- Design, Technology and Professional Practices
- Architectural Humanities 1
- Reading Architecture
Year 2 represents 25% of your final degree classification.
- Design: Studio Project 1
- Design: Studio Project 2
- Architectural Humanities 2
- Technology and Professional Practices
- Edible Campus
- Critical Spacial Practice in Public
- Reimagining the House
- Excursion in Immensity: The shape of a walk
*Option modules are indicative and may change, depending on timetabling and staff availability.
Year 3 represents 75% of your final degree classification.
- Design: Studio Project 3
- Design: Studio Project 4
- Architectural Humanities 3: Dissertation
- Professional Practices
Dr Ben Sweeting, course leader
Ben studied architecture at the University of Cambridge and the Bartlett, UCL and has worked in practice in London and Oxford. His research, which has been funded by the AHRC and the Andrew W Mellon Foundation, explores ethical and epistemological questions in relation to architecture, drawing on ideas from cybernetics and on practice-based research. Ben teaches on humanities and design modules and leads Studio 01, which explores themes of scale, place and the public realm in both rural and urban contexts.
Find out about our other staff: Tilo Amhoff, Duncan Baker-Brown, Katy Beinart, Libby Blundell, Alex Chalmers, Kate Cheyne, Luis Diaz, Pedro Gil, Phil Hall-Patch, Claire Hoskin, Michael Howe, Dr Karin Jaschke, Ade Krumins, Anuschka Kutz, Stefan Lengen, Sam Lynch, Pete Marsh, James McAdam, Catalina Mejia Moreno, David Osborne, Graham Perring,Tony Roberts, Stephen Ryan, Dr Ryan Southall, Kirsty Sutherland, Professor Andre Viljeon, Dawn Whitaker, Sophie Yetton, Dr Alessandro Zambelli.